This is something I always recommend when talking with anyone that's thinking about buying their first home. In my opinion, always rent a house for at least a year before purchasing your first home. I know it seems like if you don't buy that house it'll be gone and you'll never get the same opportunity again, but you just have that feeling because you want it, not because it's logical. Renting a house can show you a little bit of how much work goes into maintaining a house. It can show you what it's like to take care of the lawn, pay bills, pest control, etc, etc that you don't get from say an apartment. If you can't handled maintaining a rented house then you're definitely not ready to own one.